Karen Dewitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

A report from New York state’s ethics commission clears Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former high-level economic development official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment charges, but the report leaves many unanswered questions.

 NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
Office of Senator Michael Gianaris

The fight for a control of the New York state Senate will be intense this year and Democrats are hoping to pick up seats. Republicans, who are currently in the majority, say they intend to remain in control of the chamber. 

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The Republican candidate for New York governor, Marc Molinaro, is proposing term limits of two four-year terms for statewide offices, including the office of governor, and 12-year limits for state lawmakers.

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The business of the evenly divided New York State Senate remains stalled, as advocacy groups press for their bills to be acted on before the session ends in two weeks.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed an expansion to his Extreme Risk Protection Order bill to give teachers the power to go to court to prevent a student’s access to guns, if they suspect the student might bring a gun to school and potentially engage in a school shooting.

Cynthia Nixon
Karen Dewitt

Democratic candidate for New York governor and actor Cynthia Nixon came to the capitol on Monday to discuss education aid and what she says are Governor Andrew Cuomo’s failings in that policy area. Meanwhile, Cuomo’s campaign says it’s Nixon who is being inconsistent.

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Senate is experiencing its worst gridlock in nine years, with the two major factions tied at 31 members each. No legislation is moving through the chamber, but there’s lots of finger pointing.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The New York legislative session is due to end in three weeks, and some state lawmakers believe they will accomplish so little in that time, that they are talking about leaving a week early. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called in past Democratic Party stalwarts Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to endorse him, as he received the overwhelming support of delegates at the state Democratic Convention on Long Island Thursday.

NY Attorney General Bararba Underwood posing with state Assemblywoman Christine Pelligrino as lawmakers lined up to get their picture taken with Underwood.
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Legislature chose Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31. Underwood will be the first woman to hold that office.

Cynthia Nixon
Karen DeWitt

When Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon called for a state Moreland Act Commission to investigate government corruption Tuesday, she was not the first to do so. Her opponent, Governor Andrew Cuomo, also requested and created a Moreland Commission to look at potential illegal activities in state government, but he disbanded it as part of a budget deal several months later.

NY Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood
Karen DeWitt

The New York Legislature began interviewing candidates Tuesday to replace Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over a domestic violence scandal. Up first was the Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who is the favorite to win the appointment.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas
Nassau County District Attorney's Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he’s appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to look into the domestic violence accusations against disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Speaker Carl Heastie
Carl Heastie/ Twitter

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced plans for an open interview process for the legislature to appoint a new state Attorney General, now that Eric Schneiderman has resigned over domestic violence allegations.  

Former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at a press conference with women's group leaders on November 28, 2017
Karen DeWitt

Disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a long time champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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Solicitor General Barbara Underwood became New York’s Acting Attorney General on Tuesday, taking over for the disgraced Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after a New Yorker article detailed four women who accused him of numerous instances of physical violence. At the state Capitol, many were stunned at the rapid demise of the once popular Democratic Attorney General, and began maneuvering to name a successor.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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Updated 9:05 a.m. May 8, 2018

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will resign after The New Yorker published a piece outlining graphic assault allegations from four women against the second-term Democrat. New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie were among the prominent Democrats calling for Schneiderman to resign in the hours after The New Yorker published its story. 

NYS Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat of the 109th District
Karen DeWitt

A bipartisan group of New York state lawmakers is pushing for an anti-bullying measure that would require schools to tell parents when their child is being bullied, or if their son or daughter is bullying others.

Cynthia Nixon
Karen DeWitt

Actor Cynthia Nixon, who is running for New York governor in a Democratic primary against incumbent Andrew Cuomo, released her tax filings on Friday. She and her spouse earned $1.9 million dollars last year, and paid nearly $200,000 in taxes.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Marc Molinaro, the presumptive Republican candidate for New York governor, released his tax returns for 2017 Thursday, but his opponent, incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, raised the stakes, saying his GOP challenger should release ten years of tax returns.

A picture of a school classroom
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Teachers wouldn’t be evaluated based on their students’ standardized test scores any longer under a measure approved by the New York state Assembly. It’s a reversal of a controversial policy that helped lead to a widespread boycott of the third through eighth grade tests associated with the former Common Core program. But the measure faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.

NYS Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

The newly reunited New York state Senate Democrats held their first press conference, where they focused on what they said was their number one priority, a package of bills making it easier to vote.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
Karen Dewitt

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says the New York state Assembly will take up a bill Wednesday to decouple the results of standardized test scores from teacher evaluations.  There’s been growing support in the state legislature to reverse the controversial policy that would eventually have led to the test results being used to measure teacher performance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that would temporarily take away the guns of people accused of domestic violence.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Andrew Cuomo has two main challengers in the New York gubernatorial race, Cynthia Nixon on the left and Marc Molinaro on the right. Surprisingly the two agree on a number of key items as they make their case against the incumbent governor, including a laser -like focus on the incumbent governor’s perceived weaknesses. 

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, says she plans to stay in the race for reelection alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo, despite some remarks by the governor lately that Hochul might prefer to run for Congress instead.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

Challengers to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were on the campaign trail Thursday, as the Democrat announced a massive new anti-poverty program in Brooklyn. Democratic candidate Cynthia Nixon visited the Finger Lakes to voice her opposition to a controversial proposed liquefied natural gas plant on Seneca Lake. 

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The New York state Senate met for the first time Wednesday since two Democrats won special elections held Tuesday. Though the Senate now has 32 Democrats, the number required to form a majority, it was back to business as usual with the GOP in charge.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats have won two special elections for the New York state Senate, but Republicans will remain in charge of the chamber. In Westchester County, Democrat Shelley Mayer beat Republican Julie Killian. In the Bronx, Democrat Luis Sepulveda easily dispatched Republican Patrick Delices. Democrats now have a one-seat majority; but even before the results of two special elections Tuesday in the State Senate were decided, the lone Democratic Senator who caucuses with the Republicans says he’s sticking with the GOP. That means Democrats will likely not control the Senate any time this year.

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